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Weekly Update 02-05-18

By On 2nd May 2018

We had a great couple of days over at Punchestown last week with a couple of the BG Racing shareholders.  The racing was excellent, the weather was kind and the company was good which all meant that we really enjoyed the trip over.  We will certainly try to go again in the future.

I took a late decision to head down to Neil’s this morning to get some video and photos ahead of a likely debut for My Brother.  I needed some material for an advertising campaign to sell some shares before he runs!  While I was there, Neil and I made plans for the debut of My Brother and for the reappearance of The Way You Dance and all the details are below.

The Way You Dance

We have a running plan!  I spoke to Neil today after watching The Way You Dance work this morning and we have decided that it would be perfectly reasonable to get a run into him to bring him to peak fitness.  This is something that we have done for the last two seasons instead of galloping him at home.

We have decided that we will go for a two mile handicap on the flat at Chepstow on 15th May.  This is an evening meeting and the race is at 8.20pm.  It is limited to horses rated up to 60 and The Way You Dance is currently rated 59 so will be one of the top weights.  The plan may change if the horse does not perform well at home in the next week or so and we also might make a change if the ground is not suitable, but for now, this is the intention.

The Way You Dance should now be running regularly as long as he stays injury free.  We have had several runs each summer for the last two years and he should be very competitive in 3 mile handicap hurdles this summer.  The shares are very good value at £280.50 per 1% share with (£275 per 1% share for purchases of 5% or more), with nothing else to pay until November, and only then if you decide to renew.  Hopefully there will be plenty of chances to see him in action, so please contact me if you would like to get involved.

Justice Super

As reported last time, after doing a couple of canters that were no different to what he has been doing every day for the last six months, it would appear that Justice Super has suffered an injury and worse still, it looks likely to be similar to the one he suffered last year.

I have been hoping to have something definitive to pass on and we are awaiting reviews of scans of his leg, but I fear that he will need to be retired.  This is very disappointing, especially as it seemed that we had passed the point where the injury might have flared up again and mentally I had moved on to seeing what he could do on the course, but these things happen and the important thing is that we look after the welfare of the horse.

My Brother

In exciting news, we are ready to get cracking with My Brother.  We have decided to start him off on the flat and we have decided to go for a 10f race as Neil says that he seems to have plenty of speed at home.  He has previously run at all distances from 10f to 16f and on all grounds, so it is difficult to predict his optimal conditions, but this feels right to Neil based on his home work.

He will improve for his first outing and we want to see how he fares before we decide whether to stay on the flat for a few runs or whether to go novice hurdling.

The race we have chosen for him is next Monday (7th May) at Windsor  It is an afternoon meeting and our race is at 3.45pm.  The race is for horses rated up to 85 and the entries have been published.  There are 26 horses entered but he should still get into the field if we choose to run.

I have put together a video as the basis of a Facebook “advert” to try to bring in some new shareholders for My Brother.  This contains video and photos from the gallops and stables and you can watch this here.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in taking a shareholding in My Brother, now is the time to do so as you should see him run next week.  Shares are £450 for 1%, but I will discount these to £430 for 5% purchase and £410 for 10% purchases.  I am also happy to take instalment payments.

If My Brother continues to improve as fulfils the promise he is showing at Neil’s then he could be a great horse to be involved with.  Please contact me if you want more information.

From The Stables

Last Sunday, there was only one runner and Neil’s Milkwood finished midfield.  On Monday at Newton Abbot for Neil, the rather unreliable Matrows Lady proved unreliable, Champagne George was also unplaced and Cornish Warrior was pulled up.  Neil’s other runner was The Detainee at Windsor who came home a winner.  Johnny’s Pension Madness was unplaced, as was his other runner Retrieve.  Bermeo ran well for Johnny finishing 2nd at 6-1 on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Neil’s Better News did not make the frame at Taunton and nor did Lubatic leaving Neil with no success on the day.  Johnny’s ran Beast, who was only 1/4 length from 2nd but that was only enough for 6th.  Neil’s Delannoy finished 4th at Kempton on Thursday.

Friday saw Johnny’s Finish The Story unseated when bumped at the first fence.  His All Together was unexpectedly placed, but his the other Chepstow runner was unplaced and Lilliput Lane was a non runner at Towcester.  Inaminna was a good winner for Neil, whose Viking Ruby was unplaced at Towcester.  Neil took the other two out due to the ground at Chepstow.  Alan’s Timewaitsfornoone ran a cracker and finished 2nd behind the impressive winner Caid Du Berlais at Punchestown.

Carole’s Destrier was 5th for Neil at Sandown on Saturday and The Young Master also ran well but was unplaced.  Solighoster fell and Neil’s other runner Koubba was disappointing.  Alan’s two in the cross country race at Punchestown ran well, Sammy Black finished in midfield whilst Hurricane Darwin finished a good 2nd.

There were no runners from our stables on Sunday and on Monday Neil’s two outsiders failed to feature.  In fact Floral Queen failed to go into the stalls and did not even run!  His Sleep Easy who was more fancied in the market was only third at Southwell.  Johnny’s Home Again was well beaten and Lady Makfi was also unplaced.

Thinking of Joining Us?

All quoted prices include the purchase price of the horse and should you decide to renew for a second year, you will only need to pay training fees which are under £200 per 1% share.  If you are interested in discussing what is involved, then please do get in touch as I would be delighted to discuss things with you.  I also have an e-book entitled “Racehorse Ownership – Everything You Might Have Wanted To Know But Would Not Have Known Who To Ask“.  This is free and the download page can be accessed by following this link:

Have a great week.



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